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Catalogues and Collections, part 2

/ Things magazine is always looking, but the sad reality is that if it’s not on the internet it doesn’t exist for us. And that’s a problem. Our own archives are a case in point; until we get our house … Continue reading

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The decoy object

In a trackable culture, where every interaction with commerce is effectively catalogued somewhere, by someone, the potential for false trails and deliberate confusions is enormous. Gone is the trust that made the grand deceipts of the past such a success … Continue reading

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How to design a time machine, a speculative fiction

Time travel is theoretically impossible (via this spirited MeFi discussion). But forget physics for a moment, or known physics at least, and suppose that time machines already exist. We just don’t know where they are. If one is still predisposed … Continue reading

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An end of week grab bag

Apologies once again for the rather ragged state of the front page. We decided that a shift from to was called for, and one tutorial later the switch had apparently been made. Of course, the little blanket fort … Continue reading

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Tumbling into tomorrow

Recently, an image or two on the things tumblr set off some kind of internal chain reaction, causing the archive to get thoroughly dug over by a host of sites previously unknown to us, the bulk of which we’ve set … Continue reading

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Imaginary places and empty spaces

Wilkmanshire, a weblog devoted to ‘the mapping of the form of the city as it develops’ / Hairy Sack of Magic, imagery, mostly culled from elaborate magazine shoots, occasionally nsfw / It’s a vision, complete illusion, a cascade of imagery … Continue reading

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Here be dragons

Recycle: Joy Division and New Order – the Factory years, an almost forensic reconstruction of a back catalogue. ‘All tracks were taken from the best/earliest possible sources to avoid modern mastering techniques which crush the dynamics.’ We especially like the … Continue reading

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Train and shipwrecks

A Horse of a Different Color Divides Denver, on one of Denver Airport’s many unusual works of public art / polis, ‘a collaborative blog on urbanism with a global focus’ / Whitechapel Ghost Style posts about the photographic ghosts of … Continue reading

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Odd links, squonks and curation, still

Other things. Boston Public Library’s photostream, home of the great Tupper Scrapbooks Collection / related, The Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the US, via archinect / many of the preoccupations of the global news machine can be boiled down into … Continue reading

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Wishful thinking

The utopian vision above would have been delivered by Ringway 1, the abandoned scheme to bludgeon an elevated motorway across south London / related, some scans from ‘Traffic in Towns‘, showing the different levels of urban redevelopment on offer / … Continue reading

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Boot sales, slums and hand-made railway lines

From a history of “HotWired had this crazy policy where they didn’t allow tertiary links, is what they called it. A tertiary link was when you linked to something that wasn’t explicitly referred to in the text. If I … Continue reading

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Things that might or might not work

Why the iPad newspaper might not be doomed versus Why the iPad Newspaper is Doomed. An ongoing debate. From the latter: ‘Since The Daily is an iPad app, there will be no inbound links, and reportedly no outbound links to … Continue reading

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Highs and Lows

The American Way of Death versus the Danish Way of Death, Blueprint on the Diamant coffin designed by Jacob Jensen, ‘a cut and polished gem that [the company] hopes will lay to rest the traditional, kitsch, grotesquery of the faux-brass … Continue reading

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Random links and things

Anathema Delights, a tumblr / Singer Vehicles re-engineer and rebuild old school Porsche 911s (via Autoblog) / Stuxnet worm ‘targeted high-value Iranian assets’. Worms as economic warfare / the Bookie, a contemporary update of the classic Isokon donkey / nk91, … Continue reading

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Another brick in the wall

Few ‘analogue’ companies have managed to splice their product so convincingly with the digital world as Lego (we’re still puzzled by the pluralisation of the word in the US. After all, “Lego” already encompasses the plural). This appears to be … Continue reading

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Cuts and zooms

We’ve been waiting for something like this: 80GB panoramic photo of London (via me-fi). First impressions are what a colossal ungainly lump Central Saint Giles is, as well as how ungainly the interface is (surely all you really want to … Continue reading

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Lost villages

Why are there so many abandoned villages in the UK? Inspired by this call for imagery of lost settlements in connection with the forthcoming Times Atlas of Britain. A new print atlas is a hard sell in the age of … Continue reading

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The idea of a rhinoceros

Albrecht Dürer’s Rhinoceros is one of the most celebrated drawings ever made (the BM link is to the woodcut). According to the British Museum, the animal depicted was originally a gift from Sultan Muzafar II of Gujurat, who presented it … Continue reading

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Complexity and Contradiction in Criticism

Mammoth has a series of images from Simon Kennedy’s Heygate Abstracted, all taken at the monumental and doomed South London housing estate. Mammoth splices the misty, moody walkways – all empty – with the cosy domesticity found within another ‘sterile’ … Continue reading

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An approach of upbeat curation

It’s worth point out at the outset of this post that this particular weblog is not a forum for critical writing. Reading through a recent Blueprint article on the apparent lack of online architectural criticism (‘Critical Response’, not yet online) … Continue reading

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